Wishing everyone much auspiciousness: luck, prosperity, longevity, a distinct absence of ghosts, and first and foremost happiness this lunar New Year (that's my wish, since there has been a lot of sorrow among people I know in the preceeding weeks).
By sheer chance, we did happen to clean the house from top to bottom right before the lunar New Year (only because our niece was coming for a sleepover, and we wanted everything in tip-top shape). On top of that, also by sheer chance, I AM wearing a pair of slippers that was given to me before the New Year (which, also fortunately, happen to be red). We will leave the lights on overnight to scare away ghosts (at the insistence of my dog, Sam, who hates ghosts...hates 'em!). But leaving the doors and windows open is a tall order today, since it's on the wintry side here in CO.
Just don't wash your hair today, people. And whatever you do, DO NOT buy a pair of shoes. Very, very bad luck. Oh, very bad. A terrible, terrible thing.